The majesty of Hermitage, and other icons

This auction is above all an ode to the savoir-faire of one wine maker in particular: the inimitable Jean-Louis Chave. This historic domain – after sixteen generations, we can safely call it a dynasty – is recognised the world over for its powerful Hermitages, with their sublime balance, at once sensuous, deep, the height of elegance with exceptional ageing potential. You’ll find no less than 300 lots of Chave in this sale, including the rare 1995 Cathelin, Hermitage in red and white, standard bottle and Magnum format, in vintages from 1979 to 2015…without forgetting their vin de paille (1996 and 1997). It must be a dream.

Wine from the Rhône Valley represents a quarter of the wines for sale. A fan of Syrah? Take a look at the Cornas cuvées from Auguste Clape and Thierry Allemand, or even the famous Côte-Rôties from Guigal. If you like the aromatic character of Viognier, why not try Château Grillet’s Condrieu (2017 Artemis cuvée)? And if the heat of the region’s south speaks to you, taste a Châteauneuf-du-Pape from one of these brilliant names: Domaine de la Janasse, Château de Beaucastel, Henri Bonneau.

Let’s now look to regions elsewhere in France, where there is also a wealth of fine wines. From Bordeaux, discover the sumptuous cuvées of the rive droite (Châteaux Cheval Blanc, Eglise Clinet, Pavie Macquin, Valandraud, Figeac, Ausone, Vieux Château Certan, and of course Petrus) as well as the especially mature vintages of mythical bottles from the rive gauche: 1949 Château-Latour, 1954 Mouton-Rothschild, 1921 Yquem. From Burgundy, you’ll find rare treasures by Jacky Truchot, Armand Rousseau, Leroy, and Coche-Dury, the Meursault genius of Domaine des Comtes Lafon and Arnaud Ente, as well as the unmatched Chablis by Raveneau.

Each region has its stars: Dagueneau, Clos Rougeard, and Richard Leroy in the Loire; Selosse and Roederer (Cristal 2002) in Champagne; Overnoy and Ganevat in the Jura; Trimbach (Clos Sainte-Hune 1983) and Marcel Deiss in Alsace; Grange des Pères, Mas Jullien and Mas du Daumas Gassac in Languedoc-Roussillon. And since in the past few years we have seen the number of people keen for non-French wine increase, we are also offering legendary wines from around the world, from Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance (1992, 1994, 1998) to Giuseppe Quintarelli’s Valpolicella Superiore. We haven’t forgotten fans of Spanish wine, who will surely love Vega Sicilia’s Ribera-del-Duero Unico and the Rioja Reservas from Marqués de Murrieta and berberana (available in mature vintages).

Of course, this is just a glimpse of the bottles that await in our latest auction: go to the sales catalogue to discover the spectacular selection…Happy bidding!

11/03/2020 – 10H00 : Etranger 1815-2017
11/03/2020 – 10H30 : Misc. French Wines 1947-2018
11/03/2020 – 11H00 : Alsace Jura 1981-2018
11/03/2020 – 11H30 : Languedoc Roussillon 1936-2017
11/03/2020 – 12H00 : Burgundy 1980-2017 – White
11/03/2020 – 12H30 : Burgundy 1966-2002 – Red
11/03/2020 – 13H30 : Burgundy 2003-2011 – Red
11/03/2020 – 14H30 : Burgundy 2012-2017 – Red
11/03/2020 – 15H30 : Rhône 1979-2018 – White
11/03/2020 – 16H00 : Rhône 1979-2006 – Red
11/03/2020 – 16H30 : Rhône 2007-2018 – Red
12/03/2020 – 10H00 : Champagne 1978-2011
12/03/2020 – 10H30 : Loire 1970-2018
12/03/2020 – 11H00 : Bordeaux 1921-2013 – White
12/03/2020 – 11H30 : Bordeaux 1928-1995 – Red
12/03/2020 – 12H30 : Bordeaux 1996-2004 – Red
12/03/2020 – 13H30 : Bordeaux 2005-2017 – Red
12/03/2020 – 14H30 : CP – Autres régions 1990-2012
12/03/2020 – 15H00 : CP – Burgundy 1992-2012
12/03/2020 – 16H00 : CP – Rhône 1992-2012 – White
12/03/2020 – 16H30 : CP – Rhône 1995-2012 – Red

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